Over $70 million in humanitarian aid reaches Ukrainians over the two years since russia’s full-scale invasion

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On the eve of the 2nd anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held a joint press conference to provide an update on humanitarian programming delivered through Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal over the two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Thanks to our Donors’ generous support, a total of $67 million was raised for humanitarian works through the CUF-UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, supplemented by $20 million in in-kind donations. Over the same two-year time frame, more than $70 million has been disbursed in humanitarian programming in Ukraine and its near-abroad.

The primary focus of the humanitarian relief efforts has been in the areas of food security, medical care, emergency shelter and mental health support for people in Ukraine, and for displaced Ukrainians in neighbouring countries and Canada. To see the details on the types of aid deployed since February of 2022, please follow the link to a full press releaseThis would not have been possible without the continuous generosity of our Donors – thank you!

Over 6 million people fled Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war on February 24, 2022. As of January 27th, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, over 220,000 Ukrainians found refuge in Canada under the CUAET visa. Ontario and Alberta have taken in over 60% of all new arrivals with 40% and 22% respectively. Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba have each taken in 10% of CUAET holders.

Shortly after the Government of Canada opened temporary sheltering visas (CUAET) to Ukrainians fleeing the war, the Displaced Ukrainians Appeal was launched under the umbrella of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and has since raised $3.1 million in donations from donors across Canada.

Approximately $2 million have been dispersed or committed so far through over 30 humanitarian projects in 6 Canadian provinces, supporting displaced Ukrainians – mainly women with children and the elderly, with a focus on food security, shelter, and psychosocial support such as trauma counselling and employment assistance.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (February 15, 2024), intensified air strikes and hostilities continue to have a grave humanitarian impact on the civilian population and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. The need for humanitarian aid remains critical – on this 2nd anniversary of the full-scale invasion, please #StandWithUkraine and make a donation to support our vital work!

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